Mike and Barbara Guin are a husband and wife photographic team "focused" on appreciating moments and surroundings. They enjoy the outdoors, traveling and experiencing new environs. For them, photography is a natural extension of that.
Thoughts from Barbara: “I really enjoy connecting with people, especially through my images. Photography can create an intimacy between artist and viewer. If I share my vision of a particular scene and you enjoy it, we know each other better. Seeing on someone’s face that my photographs have touched them in some positive way is very rewarding. On a personal level, I've always had longings to bring home pieces of places I visit. While I still collect natural souvenirs: a stone, a pinecone, a seashell, I find making memorable images so much more satisfying. Photographs allow us to possess a scene in a lasting way that our memories or even our eyes too often fail to do. That's such a big part of our approach to photography that we coined a hashtag to use on our Instagram posts. #possessthescene "
Thoughts from Mike: “I’m a bit of a techie and spend a lot of time experimenting with photography gear and learning new techniques. I see my surroundings in lines and shapes and enjoy exploring how light impacts those. Emphasizing all three in a beautiful image that makes you want to ‘be there’ or making an artistic image from a common scene is one of the things I enjoy most about photography. When one of my photographs stirs curiosity or elicits other emotions in people, I consider it a good image.
The Guins exhibit their work throughout the Raleigh/Durham/Triangle area and sell to both private and commercial customers. They have had images published in magazines, have work in Duke Hospital's permanent collection and have a piece hanging in the Bank of America building in downtown Raleigh. Barbara and Mike are both active members of several photography clubs. Barbara served on the Board of Directors of Cary Photographic Artists for six years and Mike earned the "2019 Photographer of the Year" award from Capital City Camera Club, the oldest photography group in the Triangle area. The Guins are also founding members of The Focus, a photographic art collective created for the purpose of inspiring, sharing and exhibiting.
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